Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI)
The Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI) collaborative, facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), consists of social studies experts, assessment experts, and state department of education professionals. The SSACI collaborative allows education agencies to draw from a large pool of experience that is not available when a state confronts challenges alone. SSACI initiated and sustained the development of the College, Career and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards ("C3 Framework") and uses that as the basis for the work we do.
Since the publication of the C3 Framework in 2013, SSACI has been engaged in building instructional tools for more ambitious, inquiry-oriented social studies. Next year, SSACI continues its work with the development of four major initiatives:
- C3 Exchange will be an online repository of curricular, assessment, and professional learning resources tied to the C3 Framework. The exchange will include emerging or existing curricular and instructional materials, PowerPoints, videos, readings and other important resources that could be shared among state members and modified for local contexts. Elementary social studies will be a strategic focus of this interactive archive.
- Guidance for a C3 Assessment System project that includes the following: 1) definition of assessment that reinforces the inquiry arc of the C3 Framework; 2) a guidance document that articulates 4-6 high level principles for a social studies assessment program; and, 3) a bank of various tools within it including formative, summative, and state administered assessments.
- C3 Standards Outlook will help members understand the impact of C3 nationally and how this rollout is happening at both macro and micro levels. At a macro level, this might include a map or spreadsheet that would provide a snapshot of C3 geographic hot spots and the ways that C3 is making its way into standards, curriculum, instruction, professional learning and assessment. At a micro level, this could include case studies of state social studies consultants who have recently gone through a standards process or curriculum development and capturing their experience and process for inclusion of the C3 Framework.
- C3 Professional Learning Bank will help members access existing professional learning resources that tie to instructional shifts of the C3 Framework. Included within the bank are tools to support states and districts including observational tools; professional development modules; a schedule of workshops; connections to literacy goals and outcomes; and salient scholarship around effective social studies teaching and learning.
To support this work, SSACI will continue to engage outside scholars and practitioners who are on the frontier of next generation social studies standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment.
SSACI remains committed to the following shared mission statement:
- We Listen, Learn and Advocate. We listen to students and all our stakeholders about what binds and differentiates us. We learn about our field with partners who share our interest in enhancing social studies education. We advocate for social studies in our own states and nationally.
- We Investigate, Create and Sustain. We investigate problems in social studies by conducting and using educational research and best practice. We create professional learning tools to help members implement ambitious, innovative and meaningful social studies for students. We sustain our work through collaboration to solve problems facing social studies education.
- We Innovate, Share and Lead. We innovate in our approaches to addressing the needs of social studies. We share the tools and resources from the collaborative to improve social studies teaching and learning in states and districts. We lead as agents of change and recognize that we are stronger together by working together in a collaborative environment.
Advisor: Kathy Swan
Dr. Kathy Swan is a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky. Swan has been a four-time recipient of the National Technology Leadership Award in Social Studies Education, innovating with web-based interactive technology curricula including the Historical Scene Investigation Project and Digital Docs in a Box. She is co-author of the book And Action! Doing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom and children's series Thinking Like A Citizen and co-editor of the book, Teaching the C3 Framework: A Guide to Inquiry Based Instruction in the Social Studies. She is also the advisor for the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction Collaborative (SSACI) at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and is the co-founder of C3 Teachers. Dr. Swan served as the project director and lead writer of the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards and is a project director on the New York Social Studies Toolkit and co-creator of the Inquiry Design Model (IDM).
Business Partners: Pearson
- ProgramNational Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA)
- ProgramEarly Childhood Education (ECE)
- ProgramEnglish Language Development Assessment (ELDA)
- ProgramEnglish Language Learners (ELL)
- ProgramFormative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST)
- ProgramTechnical Issues in Large Scale Assessment (TILSA)
- PublicationAlignment and the States: Three Approaches to Aligning the National Assessment of Educational Progress with State Assessments, Other Assessments, and Standards
- PublicationLessons Learned: Implementing and Improving Comprehensive and Balanced Learning and Assessment Systems in High School - A Report for State Education Leaders - Final Report from the Delaware Enhanced Assessment Grant